Humans of UCSF

“It's crazy to think this place has been my home for the past four years. So much learning and growth, as well as patient care, have been achieved in these cubicles. I saw my very last patient at UCSF Dental Clinic this past Thursday.

“In 2008, I nearly failed out of UC Berkeley. At the time, I was a heavy drug user, having lots of anonymous condomless sex with other guys, and isolating myself from the people who loved me.

“I’m beginning to learn how to look at the big picture. I’ve always been so focused on the details of everything; anything from planning every last car ride to making sure the prep on my tooth looks as perfect as possible.

“Having school from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on most days and constantly studying after class, it’s easy to lose yourself and forget what makes you happy.

“CDA Cares is a bi-annual event aimed to serve populations that do not have access to dental care. This was my second time volunteering in the prosthodontics department at CDA Cares and it has been a wonderful experience on both occasions.

“Remember,

We are but a heap of stardust

Blessed with the mind

For a brief moment of time.

Burn bright.”

Igor Mitrovic, M.D.

“Following Jesus Christ has been the central theme in my life since college, and doing so has helped me to understand myself and the world, with all its beauty and also brokenness.

“I believe that getting outdoors isn't so much a way to get into nature, as it is a way to remember that I am eternally a part of nature.

“Yoga is a meditation that has taught me that being tender, open, and present is beautiful. My yoga practice takes me beyond the physical, to a place where I can find awareness in the mind. 

“One of the first things I quickly learned at UCSF was that I am surrounded by brilliant people who carry massive achievements under their belts.